Whenever we talk about places to go for vacations, the first places which come to our mind are Kashmir, Manali, Jaipur and Agra. However, the problem with all these places is that it has been so commercialized that during peak seasons getting a hotel room also becomes a tedious task. However, I would like to talk about one of the places in the Western Ghats where you could enjoy and at the same time avoid the overcrowding. The name of the place is Agumbe. This place is surrounded by many forests like Thirthalli, Kundapur, Hosanagara and Sringeri. Agumbe is also called “Cherrapunji of the south” because it receives the second highest amount of rainfall in Southern India. Not only this Agume rain forest research station is also situated at this place (India’s only rainforest research station). In this article, I would tell you all you need to know about Agumbe.
Why You Need To Go To Agumbe – The Cherrapunji Of The South
1. Background of the place
Agumbe is a very small village spread across just 5 kilometres. The population of the village is less than 800 people and the primary occupation of these people is Agriculture. They are depended on the forest produce for running their daily life. Just because you have read the term “Village” and the radius of the place don’t be judgmental. Trust me, Agumbe has lots in store for you. If you are looking for a place to trek then Agumbe is the place which you have been looking for. The adventure of the trekking expedition would certainly increase because it is the home to the King Cobra; the longest and the most venomous snake. So? Are you brave enough to trek here?
2. Best Time To Visit
As I said at the beginning of this article that this place receives the second highest rainfall in South India. Don’t even think of coming to this place during the monsoon season. The months of June – September should be off your list when you are planning to come here. All those who have visited the place during the monsoon season have complained that they couldn’t do anything as it was raining all the time. Anytime before or after monsoon season would be a good time to visit. I would suggest visit it during the winter season, that way you won’t get exhausted and the fresh air would calm your senses as well.
3. How To Reach Agumbe
Agumbe is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are planning to fly here then the nearest airport situated near your destination is the Mangalore airport. Agumbe is located at a distance of around 100 kilometres from this airport. If you are coming here by railways then you would need to book your tickets to Udupi railway station. From here it is located at a distance of 53 kilometres. You wouldn’t face any issues regarding the conveyance from the station to Agumbe as local buses and rental cars are available in abundance. If you are going by road then all you need to do is to go to Shimoga, Mangalore or Udupi and from there you can take KSRTC buses. Almost all of them go towards Agumbe.
4. Best Places To Visit
Now before you visit this place let me inform you that you are going to see a lot of waterfalls. In fact, the only thing you would be seeing is waterfalls. For all those travel enthusiasts who love waterfalls, Agumbe would be a paradise for you. However, if you do not like waterfalls then you might not like Agumbe. Below mentioned are the best places to visit in the village of Agumbe:
a) Barkhana Water Falls
This waterfall is located at a height of 850 feet making it one of the highest waterfalls in India. It is located at a distance of about 7 kilometres from Agumbe. The source of this waterfall is the Seeta River and it has got its name from the word “Barka” which means mouse deer which is available in huge numbers in the region. In order to reach the fall, you would need to take a trek; however, a few tourists prefer to take the motorable path to reach the fall. When you visit this place, you would be coming across Barkhana viewpoint – the view of the western ghats from this place is simply marvellous. The fall is surrounded by forests, bamboos, a huge variety of fauna which would make this place worth a visit. You would also come across a plant called Guruji. It is said that this plant emerges once in 7 years indicating the arrival of drought.
b) Jogigundi Falls
Jogigundi Falls is located at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Agumbe. Almost the entire voyage can be covered with the help of a vehicle; however, a certain portion needs has to be trekked. When you visit this fall you would notice a pond which merges with the river. It is said that over the years this water has managed to carve a deep cave and the water flowing from the jogigundi falls passes through this cave. It is also believed that a saint (Jogi) used to meditate inside the cave thus the fall has been named Jogigundi falls.
c) Onake Abbi Falls
The third place to make it to the list is Onake Abbi Falls which is situated at a distance of about 8 kilometres from Agumbe. The trek is easily reachable since it has been lined with steps. If you are visiting this fall then don’t just stare it from the bottom. The real fun and beauty can be accessed from the top of the fall. It would certainly take a little effort to get to the top of the waterfall but when you do the view would be breathtaking. All the efforts you put in to reach the top would be worth it. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on this place!
d) Kunchikal Falls
If not for anything you need to visit this place to see God’s beautiful creation. It is located at a height of about 1500 feet making it one of the highest waterfalls in India. The main source of water is River Varahi and the hydroelectric project. If you are visiting this place I would suggest carrying additional clothes so that you can take a quick swim.
e) Koodlu Theertha Falls
The last place to make it to this list is Koodu Theertha falls. If you are going to Agumbe then you cannot afford to miss out on this place. Imagine water falling from 126 feet on a pond this is the kind of scene you can expect at this place. You would probably need to trek for 5 kilometres to visit this waterfall but trust me the trekking experience is amazing. The pond here is considered to be holy and it is believed saints used to perform rituals here.
As I said, the only attractions here are the waterfalls. If you do not like waterfalls then I would suggest you look for some other place to spend your vacation. However, Agumbe is a very peaceful place. In fact, it is one of the few places where you can expect total relaxation. It may not have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing or other activities but by visiting this place you can be sure that you would be getting mental peace and serenity.